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IT IS out with the old and in
with the new in Bass Coast.
It’s the last week Bass Coast
residents will be using the two-
bin system, as the rest of the
new bins are delivered and the
new system starts Monday, Sep-
The new bins have been hotly
debated between ratepayers
and council, many raising con-
cerns over the potential stench
of the landfill bin and the extra
$47 charge to introduce the sys-
Residents have asked council
why they’re replacing all of the
old bins, even though many of
them are in good condition.
The new bins will have bar-
codes in case they are stolen or
to find which households aren’t
sorting out waste and recycling
For two weeks from Septem-
ber 4, council will begin collect-
ing the old bins. They will also
do a second run in January for
anyone who missed out, specifi-
cally for holiday home owners.
For people who already com-
post, the organics bin will mean
residents can put waste that
doesn’t break down fast, such
as bones and tissues, into the
Council plans on saving thou-
sands of dollars, potentially
hundreds of thousands of dol-
lars, in maintenance at Grant-
ville tip and in landfill levies be-
cause of the new system.
A new hole at Grantville is
costing $1.8 million and council
pays the Environment Protec-
tion Authority around $800,000
a year in landfill levies.
But if the waste in the organ-
ics bin isn’t going to landfill,
where is it going?
The organics waste will be
processed at Gippsland Water’s
more than 8500 hectare Dutson
Downs waste treatment centre.
It’s a two hour and 20 minute
drive from Wonthaggi but will
see the waste turned into com-
post, bagged and sold.
The Bass Coast Shire Council
has been running an extensive
campaign in local media and
online to alleviate concerns over
the new bin system.
On YouTube, the council’s
has published three videos with
Mayor Cr Pamela Rothfield on
the new bin system and has
hosted two Facebook Q and A
sessions with councillors.
Here are a few of the popu-
lar questions on Facebook and
snippets of the answers:
• Q. So what will happen to
those weekenders that put their
bins out three to four days, or
now maybe two weeks, before
pickup and usually with only a
couple of plastic bags in them,
and are then blown over. Why
can't you have "skips" placed
near council offices? - Chris
A. This is the same situation
we currently have with our re-
cycling bins, as they're only col-
lected fortnightly. People can
work with their friendly neigh-
bours to bring them in for them,
bags in it, they don't have to put
them out for collection every
fortnight. – Cr Bruce Kent
• Q. I note you say that there'll
be cameras on the trucks to
record people getting it wrong.
What happens when someone
says it wasn't their fault as a
sneaky neighbour put it in the
bin overnight? - Sue Macgregor.
A. The contamination pro-
gram helps us identify repeat
offenders and we'll work with
residents on an individual basis
if they're having any issues with
neighbours using their bins.
Danielle Lisle, council’s waste
• Q. Can I purchase an extra
bin? - Michelle Ann Brown.
A. You can organise a larger
landfill bin (240L) at an addi-
tional cost of $132.50 per year.
You could also arrange a sec-
ondary recycling bin at a cost of
$76.15 per year, or a secondary
organics bin at a cost of $78.00
per year. – Cr Bruce Kent.
• Fruit and vegetable scraps
• Meat scraps, bones, fish and seafood
• Dairy products
• Bread, bakery products, rice and pasta
• Tea and coffee grounds
• Tissues and paper towels
• Pet manures and compostable kitty litter
• Lawn clippings, garden prunings and weeds
• Twigs and branches under 100mm in diameter
Your three bin collection service
Starting 4 September 2017
• Glass bottles and jars
• Solid plastic containers, bottles and tubs
• Aluminium cans, trays and foil
• Steel cans, aerosols and spray cans
• Milk and juice cartons, Tetrapaks
• Cardboard boxes and paper
• Plastic cutlery
• Newspapers and magazines
• Broken glass and mirrors
• Foam and polystyrene
• Plastic bags & soft plastics
• Old clothing
OLD, broken and run-down cars can have
a second life as SES volunteers use them to
practice their rescue skills.
Bass Coast Metal Recyclers regularly drops
off cars to the Wonthaggi SES Unit for mem-
bers to use in their training exercises.
SES volunteers use the cars to practice get-
ting people out of car rollovers and other in-
“Quite often the SES are on their own,” Wal-
ter Scapin from Bass Coast Metal Recyclers
“So we give them a car for free to train with
and then when they’re done with it, we take it
back and hand them a donation.”
The Wonthaggi SES Unit specialises in
Road Rescue and are the primary provider of
road rescue to the local area.
For this reason training is very important
and they simulate a variety of scenarios to
hone their skills and ensure they are pre-
pared at all times.
The SES receive very little government
funding to operate and relies heavily on the
generosity of the local community and local
businesses like Bass Coast Metal Recyclers.
If you have an old car at home that could be
used for training, call Bass Coast Metal Recy-
clers on 0417 556 593.
For more information about volunteering
for the SES, call 132 500 and they can put
you in touch with your local unit controller.
Wonthaggi SES Unit volunteers Vic Wood and Brittney Naylor with Walter Scapin from
Bass Coast Metal Recyclers. mm013517
at Wonthaggi SES
Bass Coast’s rubbish
Stewart Loe and Bert Illman delivered three new bins to
each Wonthaggi business last Friday. From September 4,
they will begin collecting the old bins. mm063517
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